Book 5 of the my reading challenge is Lost Stars by Claudia Gray. I do believe in my last post I mentioned that I am on this Star Wars kick and this book is apart of it. I wanted to do a book that wasn’t for the pop sugar challenge because its good to space these kinds of things out. This book was really good. I will admit there are parts that the story slowed a little for me and that is why it took me more than a couple of days to read it but over all the book was really good. Especially if you love the Star Wars universe. Now that does not mean I don’t have some problems with this book but it was more to do with the characters then with the way the book was written. And I understand why the characters were the way that they were, but it was still really frustrating. So to begin:
This book follows two young children into adulthood and the roads they take to get where they were when the Empire falls in Episode 6 of the movies. The amazing things is that Claudia Gray takes iconic scenes and characters from the franchise and merges them in with her own characters. When describing this to some of my students, they said it sounded like a fanfiction but it isn’t. It is apart of the official storyline by George Lucus. It just shows how the not so important people in Stars Wars and how they deal with everything going on. Read the book to understand that if you don’t get it.
Anyways, these two children come from different backgrounds on the same planet but share the love of ships and flying. This love brings them together as they prepare to enter the Imperial Army. They are the highest scorers on their planet and they both get to go to the capital planet (I am not even going to try to spell the name. It’s the planet that the Senate of the Republic is housed and was home to the main Jedi temple that Anakin destroys in Episode 3) They grow together in the Academy and even have a stupid fight that causes them to stop talking for awhile. This fight also lets them see the other in different light. Instead of just a friend, they see someone of the opposite sex (Yes, there is love in this book, get over it). They graduate and get stationed in different place. The male is a pilot protecting the Death Star and the other works on Darth Vadar’s ship. When the Death Star destroys Alderon (I think that is how it’s spelled, Leia’s planet), they both have a different reaction. The male starts to see the evil of the Empire because of the evil he grew up with while the female rationalizes the evil acts away. This creates a divide between the two. The male leaves the Empire and the female covers it up but stays. She remains loyal while he starts to battle against the Empire. Yep, he joins the Rebellion! Yay! At one point, three years after the divide between the two, they meet again (Her mother is accused of an act everyone knows she didn’t commit). He tries to reason with her, her own mother was victim to the Empire, but she doesn’t want to believe it. She goes back to see another Death Star being made and realizes she has been helping the Empire to dominate the galaxy, not help it. She still remains in the Army. Her plan being that she will leave when her contract is up. (You see my frustration)
End the end, both stay on different sides of the law. When the Empire falls, she becomes the criminal and he is the war hero. But they stay true to each other which is really lovely to see even though I find it really unrealistic.
My biggest problem with the book was the naivety of the female lead. I understand why she was the way she was and why she thought the way she did. It frustrated me, though, to see someone rationalize evil. But that is me specifically, and other might not have that much of a problem. It was also a great way to see how the Empire was able to keep so many people loyal to them, even with the horrible things they did.
All in all, it was a great book that definitely showcases duality of characters. If you are a fan of Star Wars, it is a must to read. If you are not, it is still a really interesting book and you should give it a try.
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